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Kids and the Minimum Wage
This week, the MassKidsCount.org group blog is hosting a discussion of the minimum wage and its effects on families with children. Current participants includes state legislators, researchers, worker’s rights advocates, and education advocates.
More posts will be appearing throughout the week, so we encourage you to visit (and revisit). To ensure that MassKidsCount.org reflects the full range of ideas, we also invite you to join the conversation and share your own own perspective–by sharing a story, disagreeing with any of the posts you read, or even proposing your own post. You can receive information about new posts via RSS, Twitter, or Facebook.
News From the Federal Level:
Public comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed changes to the Child Care and Development Fund close Monday, Aug. 5. The rules seek to better protect the health and safety of children in child care. News from the federal level:
Learn more about the proposed changes by viewing our archived webinars on consumer education, training and background checks and inspections.
Thanks for your efforts to protect children!
New Study Released Shows Top Corporations Pay No Taxes
Many difficult federal spending decisions will be made this fall to bring federal spending in line with federal receipts to ensure that the nation is on a path to reduce the federal budget deficit. However, a new report released last week shows that many top corporations pay no income taxes. Others shelter their income and pay little in taxes. Before Congress makes tough decisions on funding priorities, it makes sense to review whether corporations are paying their fair share or, as this new report shows, evading taxes. Let Congress know that before vital services for families are cut, Members should look to make sure that corporations aren’t circumventing the tax system. Tax fairness should be a priority in any deficit reduction plan. Send the child care funding letter in our action center to let your Members of Congress know that it’s not okay to cut child care.
Communicating with Policy Makers – How To’s of Letter Writing, e-mail & getting a response.
Use Twitter to raise visibility all over the country on early childhood issues. If you or your organization are not on Twitter, view this recording of our Twitter 1.0 webinar training.
Learn more about tweeting strategically or how to Tweet from your cell phone – Twitter 2.0 webinar
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